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Biz Beat and Briefs: Gallery showcases distinctive artwork

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

LAKE TAHOE ” Even during a recession, savvy business people are still finding opportunities.

Rosemary Babbitt decided to open Pacific Crest Gallery in Heavenly Village in mid-December.

“Theses are hard times, but the opportunity presented itself,” Babbitt said. “One door closes and another one opens.”

The gallery features paintings, ceramics, furniture and jewelry from artists from all over, including work by Lake Tahoe artist Abdon Loebs and artwork from Africa.

“I like having something different in my gallery that people might not have seen before,” Babbitt said. “I’m trying not to be mainstream.”

Babbitt said she carries art from more than 20 artists who are well-known in their niches, but might not be known by others.

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“I choose artists based on their distinct style,” Babbitt said.

Besides the distinctive art work, the gallery has a memorable welcomer: Nate, Babbitt’s 3-year-old golden retriever. Babbitt said Nate is popular with people walking by the store.

When summer rolls in, Babbitt plans to have weekend art shows. A percentage of the profits from the shows will go to a nonprofit organization of the artist’s choice, Babbitt said. “People want to give back to the community, and it’s an important thing to do,” Babbitt said.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s at 1001 Heavenly Village Way, No. 21, across from the Heavenly gondola. For more information, call (530) 541-2523.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce will host a Media Madness Business After Hours Mixer to give businesses a chance to learn about the various types of media advertising available on the South Shore.

It will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort.

The chamber partnered with local media companies for the mixer. Media participants include: RSN, the Tahoe Daily Tribune, KOWL/KRLT, TravelHost- Reno/Tahoe, Tahoe Telephone Directories, KTHO and Freeman Publications.

Each company will provide information about their advertising services, but no hard sales will be allowed.

Admission is free for chamber members; $10 for non-members. Call (775) 588-1728 or go to

Thai Delight opened Monday, and the owners are ready for customers.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It’s at 177 Highway 50, by the intersection of Kahle Drive and Highway 50. For more information, call (775) 588-5888.

A Subway Sandwich Shop has opened at Round Hill Square, the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reported. The store is owned by Ranbir Singh, and the shopping center is owned by Pacific Capital Management.

El Papagayo Grill & Cafe at 3132 Highway 50 in Meyers will celebrate its third anniversary by throwing a party on April 19.

From noon to 4 p.m., guests can enter a jalapeno-eating contest, kids can take a whack at a pinata, and attendees can take advantage of discounts on margaritas. Beer and tacos will also be available. The event will be broadcast live by KRLT as well.

Call (530) 577-3344.

” Have information on your business you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or